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Nuclear energy’s cost, and a focus on alternative technology, including research on a new generation of hi-tech battery storage, is leading observers outside the green lobby to question the project’s valueShould Theresa May take the axe to the troubled Hinkley Point nuclear project, it will propel wind and solar power further into the limelight
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2016-08-20 10:00:07
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Steve Emsley is wrong when he compares tidal lagoons with Hinkley and asks why tidal energy is not even being discussed (Letters, 17 August). The latest estimated cost of the lagoon proposed for Swansea Bay is £1.3bn. Hinkley would produce 65 times as much electricity, all day, every day – true “baseload”
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2016-08-17 12:35:18
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Falling costs and increased reliability mean this clean power now offers a mature part of the solution for the UK’s energy mixWith the government re-examining the case for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, it’s a good time to reflect on recent breakthroughs in another low carbon technology: offshore wind
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2016-08-14 08:36:24
Thursday, August 11th, 2016      Leave a Comment
UK government’s own projections expect onshore wind power and large-scale solar to cost less per megawatt hour than new nuclear by 2025 The government expects solar and wind power to be cheaper than new nuclear power by the time Hinkley Point C is completed, its own projections show.
Theresa May’s government last month made a surprise decision to delay a deal on Hinkley, prompting a renewed look at what alternatives could power Britain if ministers this autumn fail to back new reactors in Somerset
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2016-08-11 05:31:31
Saturday, July 30th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The delay to the construction of the controversial Hinkley point plant raises a question: what else can provide baseload power without polluting?Britain faces a problem in coping with its complex energy demands. It needs to provide extra energy to meet rising demands for power in coming decades but at a reasonable cost – while also reducing carbon emissions by considerable levels in order to meet its climate change commitments
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2016-07-30 13:47:40
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016      Leave a Comment
With all the costs and risks involved, the spectre of George Osborne’s energy policy could haunt Britain for decadesGeorge Osborne’s reputation as a master political tactician may have gone the way of Leave’s £350m a week for the NHS, but the spectre of his misguided energy policy could haunt Britain for decades, and at Hinkley in north Somerset, for millennia
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2016-07-27 03:00:37
Monday, July 25th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Switching from diesel to solar power has reduced power costs and given two remote Northern Territory communities a new lease on lifeDeep in the outback, about a 90-minute drive from Tennant Creek, two tiny Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory are coming back to life. Since May, the Kunapa communities of Ngurrara and Kurnturlpara have been returning to the Barkly tableland, moving into the houses that had been abandoned years ago, setting up a School of the Air for their 15 children, and re-establishing their Indigenous culture
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2016-07-25 18:39:49
Monday, July 25th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Exclusive: farm gets the green light to be built by Chinese companies after $9.9m grant from renewable energy agency Australia’s first large-scale hybrid wind and solar farm is set to be built near Canberra, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) providing a $9.9m grant.The money would go towards the $26m cost of building a 10MW solar photovoltaic plant alongside the existing Gullen Range windfarm
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2016-07-25 15:00:53
Thursday, July 21st, 2016      Leave a Comment
Aberdeen Bay windfarm near Donald Trump golf course will be key testing ground for reducing cost of offshore turbinesThe Swedish energy company Vattenfall is pushing ahead with a £300m windfarm off the coast of Aberdeen despite last month’s EU referendum vote.The offshore windfarm has been dogged by years of legal battles between Donald Trump and the Scottish government over its impact on his golf course, which the tycoon ultimately lost in the courts last year
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2016-07-21 06:38:01
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - Meeting Britain's carbon emissions reduction target for 2050 will cost an additional 30 billion pounds ($40 billion) without large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, a report by the National Audit Office shows.
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2016-07-19 18:11:59
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016      Leave a Comment
JAKARTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising temperatures caused by climate change may cost the world economy over $2 trillion in lost productivity by 2030 as hot weather makes it unbearable to work in some parts of the world, according to U.N. research published on Tuesday.
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2016-07-19 08:46:11
Thursday, July 7th, 2016      Leave a Comment
Critics point to volatility of scheme but energy department says price ‘will not affect bill payers’The total lifetime cost of the planned Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant could be as high as £37bn, according to an assessment published by the UK government. The figure was described as shocking by critics of the scheme, who said it showed just how volatile and uncertain the project had become, given that the same energy department’s estimate 12 months earlier had been £14bn
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2016-07-07 14:57:28
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016      Leave a Comment
Off-grid communities such as those in sub-Saharan Africa can pay thousands of times as much as the rest of us for their energy. Designer Jim Reeves has developed a simple, low-cost gear-train and generator that uses a descending weight to power a perpetual light source. Children can do their homework and study, families and friends can eat together and interact after dark adding new dimensions and possibilities to their lives Continue reading
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2016-06-21 03:33:00
Thursday, June 16th, 2016      Leave a Comment
The UK could play a great role in the creation of Europe’s integrated single energy market – and reap its share of the significant benefitsEnergy is the lifeblood of society. It heats our homes, powers our industry and entertainment, and fuels our transport. It has become yet another punchbag in the UK referendum campaign, with claims and counterclaims about costs
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2016-06-16 06:31:36
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016      Leave a Comment
LONDON (Reuters) - The average cost of electricity generated by solar and wind energy could fall by up to 59 percent by 2025 if the right policies are in place, a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on Wednesday.
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2016-06-15 03:09:32